Rangers’ closer Joe Nathan converted his 22nd consecutive save on Saturday afternoon, to overtake Francisco Cordero--who converted 21 in a row back in 2004--as the team’s franchise leader in this regard.
Nathan, who’s had stretches of as many as 27 consecutive saves converted in his career, has encountered some bumps along the road to the franchise record books. just a couple weeks ago, Nathan required a cortisone shot to the shoulder after experiencing some shoulder fatigue.
But Nathan came back from the shot looking like his old self. One thing that never changed through the streak is Nathan’s mindset, his veteran savvy, which manager Ron Washington cited in the team’s decision to go out and get Nathan last winter.
“With doing this as long as I have, I’ve just learned to control my body and my emotions,” Nathan said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s not a bad thing to go with pure adrenaline if you can own it, but also, I think this helps me command my stuff better.”